For vegans, aesthetic results are not the only aspects to consider when buying a cosmetic product: they demand a fairer treatment of the environment, especially animals, and ensure that their cosmetic products do not contain animal ingredients. The search for vegan products is not easy because shampoos, creams, and soaps often contain animal ingredients. Exotic substances such as snake venom or snail mucus are added to creams as a miracle cure and written in capital letters on the packaging. On the contrary, other animal ingredients, e.g. lanolin, gelatine or beeswax, are hidden in the list of ingredients and must be sought carefully.
A shampoo without animal ingredients is very difficult to identify, even for the most conscious consumers, because it is produced by mixing complex artificial substances. The fatty acids that are converted by chemical reactions into surfactants, for example, can come from fossil, vegetable or animal ingredients. Vegans cannot be 100% sure that they are not using animal substances in their hair care. To solve this problem effectively, special seals have been developed to certify the absence of animal ingredients in foods, cosmetics, and other products. The initiative aims to clearly label permitted products for vegetarians and vegans so that they can easily access products free of animal ingredients without having to read through the entire ingredient list.
The V-seals allow vegans to purchase faster, but they cannot summarize all relevant information for their purchasing decisions. Microplastics, artificial substances, and industrial manufacturing processes can destroy entire ecosystems and indirectly lead to the extinction of entire animal species. Some vegetable ingredients have also been particularly criticized in recent years, such as palm oil because their cultivation erodes large areas of forest. Unfortunately, environmentally friendly products cannot simply be identified with a few prerequisites.
The shampoos are constantly adding new substances whose effects are not yet completely known. As attention to the consequences of human activities on the environment continues to increase, more and more companies with minimal changes in the formulation are trying to present their products ecologically and naturally. Even in certified natural cosmetics, environmentally harmful substances may be named differently and offered as a natural alternative to vegans. This practice is known as "green-washing" and can particularly damage vegans because they are willing to spend more money not to pollute the environment.
Our shampoo bars offer minimalist but effective hair care without animal ingredients, without silicones, without palm oil, and without sulfates. We believe in the power of natural ingredients and are convinced that a balanced blend of vegetable oils can nourish hair better than twenty artificial substances. Each vegetable oil can bring special properties to our shampoo bars. The mixture of six high-quality vegetable oils results in a great shampoo bar that foams properly and leaves the hair clean and combable. In our shampoo bars, vegetable ingredients are only added if they perform a function and not for advertising purposes.